SWMBO fancies one of these combined fan and light jobbies over our bed - in
anticipation of hot summer nights! The ones she has in mind have an overall
diameter of about one metre.
There are several in the latest Argos catalogue - with a footnote which says
that the distance from the floor to the blades "needs to be" (presumably at
least rather than exactly) 2.3 metres. The overall height of these units is
about 45cms - and I estimate from the pictures that the bottom of the fan is
about 2/3 of the way down (say 30 cms). This means that in order to comply
with this 2.3 metre requirement, the ceiling height would need to be at
least 2.6 metres - or about 8'6" in real money!
Would anyone care to hazard a guess as to where this 2.3 metre requirement
comes from. Is there a regulation to this effect, or is it just a
suggestion/recommendation? Clearly, common sense is required in order to
avoid decapitation - but if a ceiling height of 2.6 metres is *really*
required, most modern houses ain't going to qualify!
My bedroom ceiling height is about 2.35 metres - so there would be a
clearance of just over 2 metres, and I'm only 1.85 metres tall! In addition,
if it is installed in place of the existing light fitting, the blades will
be completely over the bed - thus reducing still further the risk of walking
All words of wisdom greatfully received.
Not sure if this is wisdom but I have these in two bedrooms with standard
2.3m ceiling heights. I shortened the tube as much as possible and also ran
another wire down the tube to the light allowing the wall switch to work the
lamps and the pull cored on the fan to switch the fan via a permanent live
connection from the ceiling rose.
I am 6 foot 2 and my son is 6 foot 4 and we have not been hit by the blades
The fans are very effective on hot sultry nights and left on the lowest
speed are virtually silent and whilst moving sufficient air to cool, don't
seem to cause a draught.
Do it - I don't think you will regret it
Well I have an archway in the bedroom and the number of times that I
accidentally punch the underside of it when pushing my arm up through the
sleeve of my shirt is amazing. It's so easy to stand just a foot too far
from my normal spot for getting dressed without thinking about it. I
wouldn't like to do the same with a fan that's mounted too low.
On Thu, 05 Feb 2004 22:58:54 GMT, email@example.com (Lurch) wrote:
As a teenager I cut my hand badly when I pretended to bowl a new
cricket ball under a glass lampshade - and I suspect a fan could do
significant damage to ones arm & hand eg when putting a shirt on while
thinking of the day ahead.
If I was to think of what the day ahead might bring whilst putting on
a shirt I'd probably do the job properly and hurl myself out of the
bedroom window, more chance of doing it right then!
Yeah, I'm sure it's specced to stop people being able to reach up and
put their hands into the blades (like I can here, and I'm only 5'4).
I've got two ceiling fans, regardless. One is a flush mount to the
ceiling, the other (unfortunately I didn't realise this till it was
almost completely installed) didn't have hte option to flush-mount,
depsite looking identical to the original one! So I have one of each.
Neither are a particular problem when running. The original one is much
quieter than the second downrod, but due to a different motor I believe,
since is that sort of noise when on the slow speed.
The one in the current bedroom on a down-rod is also over the bed, but
partially. It replaces the existing light fitting. I hung (as is my
girly penchant) a small wooden mobile from the light fitting, which
discourages me or anyone else from walking under the light cluster and
hitting their heads on that. It's fairly common sense not to stick your
hands in the air or bounce too hard on the bed if the fan's running :-)
I would make sure anyone that might be unaware of the fan's low height
that enters the room (cleaners, guests, children) understood that it was
low enough to do serious damage if people/things get into the blades.
You might still find yourself liable, having fitted it contrary to the
guidelines, if someone *does* do something stupid and suffers injury,
I'm in a rented place, so mine will be converted back to standard
ceiling light fitting when I leave - they'll be coming with me, cos I'm
a) not going to leave them when I put them in at my expense, and b)
don't want subsequent tenants hounding me for compensation through their
stupidity around it.
They don't go all that fast... if you got hit by the blades (e.g.
putting your hands up in the air) it would hurt but I wouldn't have
thought that serious injury could be caused. The manufacturers would be
selling them with fitted guards if that was the case.
Has anybody tried this ?!
Seen some girl get her wrist swiped by the tip of a blade while dancing
about on someone's shoulders in a grotty club once. Off to A&E in an
ambulance. The following day a surprising number of people discovered tiny
spots of blood on their clothes. HAd quite long blades so the tip velocity
must have been quite high.
Fans got replaced by aircon fairly soon after I think.
A domestic fan looks pretty harmless as the blades are slow and short, but
it may be worth sticking a pencil in just to see if it can snap it or just
knock it over.
Hmm. I'm pretty sure both my fans would easily chop a pencil in half,
though possibly close run thing whether I can hang on to it tight enough
to do this. Possibly not on low speed, but on medium or high, I'm
pretty sure it'd do very nasty things to hands/arms/heads etc.
I've used fingers to slow down the blades ONCE THE FAN IS TURNED OFF and
ONCE THEY HAVE SLOWED CONSIDERABLY - I am in NO way suggesting anyone
else attempt this. Even at less rpm than the 'driven' blades on slow,
they carry a fair amount of momentum. I'm pretty sure if I got it wrong
I'd get very rapped knuckles (imagine a good hard rap with a stout bit
of wood), and possibly a broken finger or two.
It pays to respect ceiling fans if you're getting any bit of your
anatomy near them at all.
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